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Yankees President Calls Trade Speculation `nonsense’

June 28, 2016 GMT

The New York Yankees are hovering near the .500 mark in fourth place in the American League East, well behind the pace-setting Baltimore Orioles and Boston Red Sox.

So Yankees president Randy Levine figured it was time to set the record straight with the media, which has speculated (for good reason) that perhaps New York would begin selling off veteran players to rebuild for the future.

The very idea, Levine said, according to NJ.com , ``is for you guys . . . with nothing more to write about than to write nonsense about that.″

Levine then continued with his lecture.

``When we decide to become sellers _ if we decide to become sellers _ or if we decide to become buyers, you’ll know about it,″ Levine said. ``But I guess the difference is most of you guys have never run anything and we have a lot of history here of knowing what we’re doing, a lot of confidence in our baseball operations people. So we’ll see what happens. All the rest of it is just noise.″

That Yankees know-how has put together a roster with just two regular position players under the age of 32, with at least two Class AAA prospects that appear ready for a shot.

The Yankees also have two players that could bring back more prospects from a contender in 39-year-old outfielder Carlos Beltran and flame-throwing left-hander Aroldis Chapman _ both slated for free agency.

With more than a month to go before the trade deadline, expect the ``noise″ to continue unless the organization that knows what it’s doing can right the ship.